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Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #5: Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 [1972]

May 15, 2011

janne-anorectic-muppet-megan-fox-band-t-shirt5. Female Convict Scorpion – Jailhouse 41 [DVD] (1972)

This is the sequel to Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (from the same year) and I would love to recommend the first three movies in this series and then skip the sequels and remakes – they are not worth the effort.

The best one, if you ask me (and you should) is Jailhouse 41. It is almost on par with the first one but director Shunya Ito ups the ante on the cinematic language. He takes, what at first seems like, strange decisions but when the mind decipher the imagery and you realize just how fucking clever he is at really telling the story from the characters sensations from what happens to them – and not show you what happens.

Did that make any sense? Let your mind decipher the text.

It’s the story about 7 women escaping a prison together. And Shunya Ito’s cinematic skills REALLY comes in handy when we move between the 7 different character’s plotlines and it looks so effortless, so easy, so sharp… Sure, this isn’t the most layered bunch of characters but still: fuck Kurosawa and his Seven Pussies.

Nami (aka Matsu aka Prisoner #701 aka Sasori aka actress Meiko Kaji – a girl who can out-Bronson Eastwood) is tough as nails and I can’t even remember if the lead Nami have more than two lines (but holy shit do those two lines count!)

Sure, women gets treated like shit and there are more rapes than necessary BUT do not make the mistake to believe women are treated like victims here… No, these women makes men shit their pants (literary) and fucks them up HARD. And the rapes are in no way glorified, even though this is a pinky (at least I think so – I haven’t done my homework googling what “pinky” means). If anything it makes you hate men (and that is always a good thing).

And yeah, Quentin Tarantino almost made this into a premake too by stealing imagery and music from this.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 6. The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962)

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